Pardoned McCloskeys still working to get their guns back

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Mark and Patricia McCloskey are trying to get back their weapons after voluntarily forfeiting them as part of a plea deal following their arrest.

The Missouri couple was arrested after confronting protesters who were marching down a private street following the death of George Floyd, during which nobody was actually hurt, and no shots were fired. The confiscated guns strangely weren’t destroyed after being seized by law enforcement.

According to Robert Dierker of the City Counselor’s Office, the guns should have been disposed of “months ago” as is standard.

“Obviously with our customary efficiency, we should have destroyed (the weapons) months ago,” he explained. “We haven’t. So McCloskey’s a beneficiary of bureaucratic, I want to say, ineptitude. But in any event, it’s fortuitous that the weapons still exist.”

The pair, who are lawyers, argue that despite voluntarily giving up their firearms as part of their plea, the pardon they received from Republican Gov. Mike Parson entitles them to be able to retrieve their property.

“The loss of that property would certainly be a legal disqualification, impediment or other legal disadvantage, of which I have now been absolved by the governor, and therefore the state no longer has any legitimate reason to hold the property,” said Mark McCloskey, who is running for U.S. Senate as a Republican.

He additionally claims that the pardon also entitles the couple to the refund of the fines they paid.

Mark McCloskey has sued St. Louis in an attempt to retrieve his property. However the City Counselor’s Office claims that the pardon only nullifies the conviction, not the conditions of the plea deal which means they are not obliged to return the firearms or the money.

Circuit Judge Joan Moriarty will be looking at the case.

Twitter reactions were mixed, but a large segment of people believe the McCloskeys should be able to get their guns back as a result of the pardon:

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